The first 12m offshore race boat designed by Rob Shaw, build by Craig Partridge Yachts.

Design Objective: to maximise the performance potential of a 12m offshore monohull, with the capacity to sleep a full crew and with a usable interior. This is a versatile boat, set up for high performance racing either short-handed or fully crewed, both harbour and offshore. Blink is built with racing in the infamous Cook Strait in mind, with robust construction and systems, foam core, and options chosen with the wisdom that 'to win you must first finish' in mind: twin rudders, twin hydraulic rams, and dual hydraulic keel power sources (electric and engine pumps).

These numbers are from before the extra 90kg added to bulb in 2019
Length: 12m / Sailing Displ: 4.1T (8 crew) / Empty Displ 3.6T / Draft: 3m / Keel Cant Angle: 50° / RM (max): 7,687 kg/m / Mast: 19.8m
Fixed prod: 1m / Retractable prod: 2.5m / SA up: 110m2, down: 268m2

Sail Number: 110011 / VHF Call Sign: ZMU2211
More details, interior pics, plans at bottom of page.

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Race Results

Blink race results highlights
1st on elapsed time, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 (Rob Shaw and TW) and 2017 (VW and TW)
1st on Line, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 and 2017
1st PHRF Division 1, and 2nd IRC Division 1, Round North Island 2-handed 2017
1st in RPNYC 2014-2015 Offshore Series on Club, PHRF, and IRC
Season Champions RPNYC 2015-2016 PHRF and Line
New Zealand Design/Build Trophy (Muir Vonu Trophy) Auckland-Fiji Race 2016
Race record Kapiti-Chetwodes-Ship Cove 2015
Race record Cook Strait Classic 2015
Race record 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race
Race record 2018 Catherine Cove Race

First on Line:
Island Bay race Nov 2013*, Brothers Race Nov 2013*, Cook Strait Classic Dec 2013* (*beating Elliot 50 canter Ran Tan in all 3 of these races), Brothers Race 2014, Kapiti-Chetwodes 2015, Port Nich Regatta 2015 overall line honours, Alan Martin Series 2015, Cook Strait Classic 2015, Nelson Race 2016, RPNYC 2016 Season Div 1, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race 2016, Mana-Ship Cove 2016, Brothers Islands Race 2016, Round North Island 2-handed 2014 and 2017,
Brothers Islands Race 2017, Catherine Cove Race 2018, Wellington-Lyttleton 2018

29 February 2020

Leg 2 done!

After an epic sail of more than 600 miles, Blink finished a respectable 5th on line.  A great battle with Anarchy along the south coast and into the harbour was had beating them by a few minutes.  Tony and Craig reported a fantastic sail near the Brothers with the A6 doing speeds in the early 20s.  This was short lived and the more traditional two sail smacking into Wellington took its place.

The decision to go inland near Raglan didn't pay off but seemed right at the time according to weather models on Expedition.  Then fighting their way out of the hole to catch up to the rest of the fleet became a priority.  Running a dry boat for racing meant that no beer was on board and ice creams at Raglan were just out of reach.  Had a beer been opened, no doubt the winds would have started to increase.

The shore crew met two tired boys on the dock with beers and pies. A great finish by Tony and Craig and with a few days of relaxing, the next leg to Napier is likely to start midday Monday.

27 February 2020

Addicted to Yellow Brick!

With half hourly updates, the tracker is totally addictive!  There are loads of family and friends sending in their best wishes for Blink who is currently in the Sounds heading home.  I think you get more rest on the boat than you do being a spectator.

From Glen (Craig's sister):

"We have all been watching the boys comparing notes amongst ourselves.  They are tenacious".  "Hopefully they can play their home advantage on this inbound leg".

Blink is a few hours away now approaching the Brothers Islands.  The Blink shore crew, family and friends will be here to greet you Tony and Craig for beers, hot food and great big hugs!

Go Blink!

25 February 2020

Happy Birthday Tony!

From all the crew at Capital Eye Specialists and Resolve. Looks like everything's under control back at the surgery Tony.

Mangonui to Wellington - Update

A great clean start for Blink.  The conditions in Mangonui were superb - A2 up from the start and carried out of Doubtless Bay around the corner.  At the sched last night, Blink reported that all was well and a tough sail change at Reinga.  Not a surprise as the Shaw Crew drive to Cape Reinga and there was quite a bit of breeze up at the top.  Not to mention the two oceans meeting and the tidal/wave action that brings.  There are numerous hazards at the top including some significant reefy rocky bits.  As the rock monitor and let's not hitting anything monitor ;-) on the boat, just looking at it made me worried.  Much better to be on the boat and see the maps of such things not standing on a hill thinking about them.

Shaw Crew - Gordie and I, had a great day yesterday driving to the top.  Had a stop in Kaitaia and Houhora for a late lunch (fish and chips at the cafe in Houhora rivals Mangonui by the way).    We were too early to wave at the fleet as they rounded the top around 7pm last night while we were having fish and chips for the second time in Monganui.

Some pics of the start from the hill top and our adventures.


24 February 2020

Mangonui Done! Leg 2 - Wellington

After a great sail using mostly the MHO and A3, Blink finished approximately at 7am.  An infarction on the finish line didn't detract from an excellent effort by Tony and Craig competing against some very fast 40 and 50 footers.  Provisional Results: 2nd on PHRF and 4th on Line for Div 1 and 6th on PHRF overall.  Great effort Tony and Craig!
Results here:

With a good night's sleep, the epic Mangonui to Wellington leg starts at 12pm today.  Briefing at 9am. Over breakfast, there was loads of discussion about strategy, sail wardrobe and the most optimal run.  Provisions are done with options depending on what the conditions are. Speaking of breakfast, today it was birthday cake.  Tomorrow (25th) is Tony's birthday.  There will be more on the boat as Craig said he won't be baking; he will be too busy naviguessing, sleeping, eating, driving or trimming.  Tony said he will be having the day off.

Thank you to the Mangonui Cruising Club for your superb hospitality. In particular, Roger who drove the rib to and from all the boats yesterday - you are a legend.  We remember you fondly from the last RNI too.   Also to Pete Geary for his tirelessly enthusiastic and kind support of the RNI 2020 and all our friends and family around New Zealand and overseas watching the race.

Will keep you posted.

22 February 2020

And they are off!

As Shaw Crew we had the privilege of being on Steve and Vanessa Ashley's launch alongside the Krakatoa support crew.  With more than 40 days of no rain in Auckland, today's start was certainly not a dry one.  A great start to the RNI with 38 boats making their way to Mangonui for fish and chips.

Speaking with Tony and Craig just before leaving the dock indicated that they were ready for a seriously good and enjoyable battle.  There was much discussion in our household this morning before the start of the race of what wardrobe (apart from umbrellas) might be needed for the start line.  A3? MHO? J2?  Sail chosen was the MHO which proved to be a good choice to make it around North Head and to clear Rangitoto light.

Report from Tony and Craig for their SSANZ schedule is that all is well on board, MHO doing all the work and time for some dinner.

More  to be updated when the Shaw crew get to Mangoinui base.

RNI 2020 - Ready

After a great few days of last minute tweaks in Auckland, Blink is ready for the RNI.  Tony and Craig have been preparing for this day for more than 12 months; physically, mentally and enthusiastically.  Such a great honour to sail in the 43rd anniversary of one of the toughest yacht races in New Zealand with Sir Peter Blake as one of the founding fathers of the race.    This year there are 38 competing boats with an excellent mix in each of the divisions.   First division has a number of 50 and 40 footers.  Blink are defending overall champions for the last two Round North Island races.

Tony has sailed in two of the overall line honours; with Rob Shaw in 2014 and with Vesna in 2017.  No pressure Craig!

Our friends and colleagues from Wellington and Waikawa are Satellite Spy, Arbitare, The Guarantee, Distraction and Am Meer.  It is a huge effort to bring the boat to Auckland and be ready to start.  They effectively do the race twice.   Go hard everyone, stay safe and see you all for fish and chips Mangonui.

Follow Blink's progress here and also on the SSANZ website